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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Reserves Guide for Instructors

This guide provides information for faculty/instructors concerning all reserve materials that are held behind the desk in a library, regardless of format (books, DVDs, etc.).

Discontinuing Electronic Reserves

The University Library has determined that we will no longer offer our e-reserve service effective beginning with the fall semester 2017. Factors influencing this decision include decreased use of the service over time, increased availability of content already in digital form or licensed by the University Library for campus use, availability of other campus support systems and services such as Compass to achieve similar results, and a diminishing need for fair use assessment given the breadth of readily available licensed content.

Collection Management Services, in cooperation with other departments inside the Library and elsewhere on campus, is pulling together resources to assist you in transitioning from our service to other means of providing content for your courses. Below is a preliminary list, and more content will be added based on availability and feedback from you.

Resources for Transitioning from Electronic Reserves

Course Materials and Copyright for Professors guide

This new copyright guide, created by the Library’s Copyright Librarian Sara Benson ( is specifically geared to assist faculty/instructors in making determinations regarding how they can make accessible course materials as needed for students.


Distance learner guide

This guide contains a great deal of helpful information on how to obtain readings needed for course work.


Compass 2g info

Compass is the Enterprise Learning Management System for the Urbana campus, supported by Technology Services.


How to find articles and link to them



Provides assistance in how to find articles using the Library website then create persistent links in your course site.



Doc Express is the library’s document delivery service providing copies of materials located at the Illinois libraries.


Create Accessible Electronic Documents



The IT Accessibility at Illinois website offers resources for creating and maintaining accessible documents online, including PDF and Word.


Streaming audio

The Music and Performing Arts Library will continue to assist faculty with reformatting audio materials for streaming use with courses. Please contact David Butler for assistance (

In addition, please don't forget that all of our licensed audio and video streaming resources from Naxos and Alexander Street Press have track-level stable URLs you can use. You can also create playlists in these tools to share with your students: